Shadows of Doubt: Brendan O’Flaherty and Rajiv Sethi with Morgan C. Williams, Jr.

Wed. Aug 14, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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Economist examine the role stereotypes play in the the justice system. 

Crimes and punishments take place under pressure and often with uncertainty. Offenders, victims, police, judges, and jurors make high-stakes decisions with limited information, under severe time pressure. With compelling stories and extensive data on how people behave in the heat of the moment, Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime, and the Pursuit of Justice reveals the extent to which we rely on stereotypes as shortcuts in our decision making.

Co-authors Brendan (Dan) O'Flaherty, professor of economics at Columbia University, and Rajiv Sethi, Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute will speak about their research together. 

They will be joined in conversation with Morgan C. Williams, Jr., a Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A stand by line will form thirty minutes before the program.

The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018